Artist’s notebook: Putting the art into Hearty Kids

Editor’s note: Andrea Ritter is a ninth grader at Norristown Area High School and previously served as a staff reporter on her middle school’s health newspaper, the East Norriton Bulldog Bulletin. She also drew the cover of the Healthy NewsWorks book Leading Healthy Change In Our Communities 2017. Here are her reflections on a recent […] Read More

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Thank you to QuestCares volunteers

September 2017 … Community volunteers who work at Quest Diagnostics in Horsham, Pa., have been great supporters of Healthy NewsWorks since 2014. Members of the QuestCares volunteer team recently helped assemble 400 student reporter kits for the upcoming school year. Each kit contains a professional reporter’s notebook; research and writing study cards; a yellow journal […] Read More

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Student reflections on Healthy NewsWorks

September 2017 … Several students who participated in the Healthy NewsWorks program during the 2016-17 school year shared reflections on their experiences with community members earlier this year. Here are excerpts of their comments, delivered during the book-launch event celebrating the publication of Leading Healthy Change In Our Communities 2017. Cornelio Rodriguez Jr., fifth grader, […] Read More

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Student reporters develop bone health video

September 2017 … A newly posted Healthy NewsWorks video explains the function of bones in the body and gives examples of how people can help strengthen them. Student reporters for the La Salle Academy Healthy News used their research, reporting, and writing skills to develop the 4-minute video during the 2016-17 school year. Watch the video […] Read More

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Hearty Kids Initiative to reach K-2 students

September 2017 … More than 140 children in kindergarten through second grade will become reporters this fall as part of the Hearty Kids Initiative, a new Healthy NewsWorks pilot project focused on heart health. Hearty Kids will expand on the Healthy NewsWorks program’s work with student reporters in grades 3 to 8. The program this […] Read More

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Interview impresses Einstein educator Cathy Markey

August 2017 … The importance of using bike helmets and some of the ways people can spot and prevent concussions were among the topics when a group of fifth grade reporters recently interviewed Cathy Markey. “I’m always interested in young people who want to learn more about different health topics,” said Ms. Markey, trauma education and […] Read More

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Student journalism program connects health leader to local community

August 2017 … Sometimes Healthy NewsWorks interviews are as much a revelation for the health leaders as for the student reporters. When Dr. Cheryl Bettigole, the director of the Division of Chronic Disease Prevention in Philadelphia’s Department of Public Health, was interviewed by the fifth grade reporters at St. Veronica Catholic School’s Healthy Hero, she was […] Read More

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Six students receive 2017 Distinguished Journalist Award

August 2017 … Healthy NewsWorks is pleased to announce the 2017 recipients of the Distinguished Journalist Award, given each year to eighth grade reporters who have been leaders on their school newspapers, have participated in the Leading Healthy Change In Our Communities book project, and have gone above and beyond in their participation in the […] Read More

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What’s news: Strong bones, sleep, resiliency, and more

August 2017 … Sample newspapers from all 15 schools participating in the Healthy NewsWorks program during the 2016-17 school year are now available online. In our core newspaper program, children learn how to gather reliable and relevant health information that they can report on and share with their schools and communities. The stories covered a wide range […] Read More

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City official looks back on student interview

July 2017…Healthy NewsWorks trains its student reporters to be prepared and professional for all their interviews. Philadelphia City Representative Sheila Hess took notice when she was interviewed recently by the Healthy News student reporters at La Salle Academy. As one of several people interviewed during the 2016-17 school year for a Healthy NewsWorks story on […] Read More

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